Today’s Free at Noon came from England to deliver a spectacular set of electronic tunes. Though you may have to say their name a few times to get the hang of it, Fujiya & Miyagi‘s simple lyrics and addictive beats only took seconds to reel in the audience at World Cafe Live. Members Steve Lewis, David Best, Matt Hainsby, and Lee Adams recently released their fifth studio album Artificial Sweeteners. Continue reading →
Today’s Free At Noon concert presented Jukebox the Ghost, the indie-pop trio from D.C. who came in support of their new, self-titled album, out October 21st.
The boys kicked off their set with their popular tune “Somebody”, which immediately garnered the attention throughout the room. After, they gave the audience a sneak peak at some of their brand new songs from their aforementioned album, it was clear that they were excited to be there. Continue reading →
In honor of Labor Day next Monday, WXPN added a bonus Free At Noon with Spoon to celebrate! Yay! However, the event sold out within an hour of us announcing it on Friday. (Boooo!) But just because the RVSPs are closed doesn’t mean it’s impossible to for you to kick back on your day off and watch Britt Daniel and his band rock out. Continue reading →
Nashville supergroup and #XPNfest veterans Trigger Hippy stopped in at World Cafe for a fantastic Free at Noon today, showcasing the rock and roll garnered from singer Joan Osborne’s songwriting career and from Stever Gorman’s and Jackie Greene’s experience with The Black Crowes. The set featured excellent harmonies between Osborne and Greene as well as frequent guitar solo battles between Greene and guitarist Tom Bukovac. Continue reading →
Emotional Philly rock four-piece Strand of Oaks have been busy lately. Recently, the band did a session with the World Cafe. In it, lead singer, Tim Showalter discusses growing up in a Mennonite community, his journey to Philly and the production of the album. In particular, the album title is meant to be shouted, Showalter explained, since it’s a command to heal. Furthermore, Showlater declared that he “is proud to say that he’s from Philly because it’s people that only care about the music…none of the frivolous stuff…the bands are real.” Strand of Oaks performed “Goshen ’97″, “Heal” and “Plymouth”.
Their newest album HEAL came out this past Tuesday. Highly praised, the album is a brutally honest memoir of Showalter’s personal tragedies. The anthem nature of HEAL, especially the title track, makes the tone of the album one of resilience and hope. Earlier this week, we ran a great interview where The Key’s Elliot Sharp talked with Showalter about the various and interesting day jobs he’s held over the years. And this morning, Strand of Oaks was added to the lineup of the XPoNential Music Festival.
Strand of Oaks will also be tomorrow’s Free at Noon artist. RSVP and get more info on the show here. Listen to the session below.
The band’s lively afternoon set showcased eight songs from its self titled debut LP, which came out last week on XL Recordings, and the performance was a blissful mix of slick keyboard lines, harmonized vocals and (believe it or not) Coke bottle percussion. Check out photos and listen to an archive of the performance below, and read the setlist after the jump.
Nashville country-soul five-piece The Apache Relay warmed up for its Friday night headlining show at the North Star Bar with a rousing set for the crowd at WXPN’s Free at Noon concert. The band released its self-titled third album in April, and with a generous helping of buzz culled from slots opening for Mumford and Sons in support of 2011′s American Nomad, is in the middle of a U.S. tour. The Free at Noon set drew entirely from the new album – listen to it and check out a photo gallery from the show below, and check out the setlist after the jump.
Australian singer, songwriter, producer, DJ and multi-instrumentalist Chet Faker recently released his debut full length album, the soulful, electronica laced Built On Glass. Born Nick Murphy, his career took off in 2011 when he released a cover of Blackstreet’s “No Diggity,” followed by two EP’s. Faker recently appeared on the World Cafe to talk about his musical influences and how he crafted the songs his new album. Listen to the full session here, and download a Cafe version of “1998″ below. Chet Faker will be performing with Hamilton Leithauser on Friday, May 16th for a double header WXPN Free At Noon concert at The Porch at 30th Street.
Folk trio Nickel Creek are back in fine form with their new LP A Dotted Line and a spirited live show on display at today’s Free at Noon concert. The band, who plays the Tower Theater tonight (tickets and info at the XPN Concert Calendar), played a well-received set touching on the new album and digging into their back-catalogue for a few selections including the popular single “When In Rome” from 2005′s Why Should the Fire Die. Check out a gallery of photos and listen back to the performance in its entirety below.
A master of modern folk, the iconic Ani Di Franco played World Cafe Live at the Queen last Friday for a Free at Noon performance. The five-song set featured three as-yet unreleased songs – “Genie,” “Allergic” and “Happy All The Time,” which have been part for her live repertoire for the past couple years – and touched on 2008′s Red Letter Day with “Alla This” and her 1995 classic “32 Flavors” from Not A Pretty Girl. Check out a gallery of photos from Di Franco’s performance and listen to the set in its entirety below.